Rebecca Bathory is a fine art photographer from London. Finding beauty in darkness, poetry and meaning in the forgotten and surreal imaginary worlds amongst decay. Rebecca's artworks breathe life into forgotten historical locations, reawaken old narratives, find beauty and meaning in ruin and revive the memories of lost moments in forgotten places.
The photography series Orphans of Time started in 2012, when Rebecca stepped into an abandoned school and fell in love with the beauty to be found in decay, her previous love of fashion photography became replaced by a love of capturing images of these buildings. Orphans of Time is a collection of images from over 500 abandoned locations visited during the last five years.
Unseen by the ordinary public who pass blindly by their boarded windows and fenced walls, "No Trespass" signs restrain communities from seeing the hidden world within, slowly being claimed back by nature. Rebecca finds entry to these mystical, hidden places and sensitively captures a beautiful record of them, as they deserve to be recorded for posterity, before they are lost as time rolls inexorably on.
She captures their stories and character through carefully composed images, revealing the romance and memories of the ruins. In reality these places will cease to exist very soon and as memories fade, they will be forgotten and although derelict places have no appeal as tourist destinations, their value and place in cultural memory is fundamental to the history of the 20th century.
These majestic places are crumbling with time and one day will disappear entirely from view and living memory. But, there is no difference between iconic world sites, which attract tourism and the abandoned places known to so few. Hidden from the narrative of history, these places are imbued with a wealth of meaning, a history of their own, which deserves to be recorded for posterity too. It is absolutely vital to sensitively preserve this rich history before it is gone forever.
Orphans of Time, the book, is a 240 page, limited edition of 2000 featuring the award winning series of photographs of abandoned buildings by British fine art photographer Rebecca Lilith Bathory. Rebecca travelled around the world for five years, from 2012 to 2017, seeking out the most beautiful, decaying locations. The book features approximately 200 full colour photos from the images she obtained.
Rebecca has chosen to self publish this series as it holds a very special part of her heart, from years of adventures in decaying buildings, she has selected her favourite and the most popular images from the series to produce this Victorian inspired book. As if it has been found decaying in the very buildings she has taken the photos within the pages.
• Inspired by Victorian photo albums
• Black cover
• Gold deboss and deboss pattern on cover
• Metal clasp to close book
• 9x10" size
• Printed on wood free 128g matte art paper
For the first time fine art prints and frames are being offered as rewards for the Kickstarter campaign. Available in a small (29x22") edition of 15, a medium (45x34") edition of 10 and a large (58x44") edition of 5 archival pigment prints, professionally printed on Fotospeed, Platinum Etching, 285gsm paper.
Each print is printed with a border, signed, numbered and accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. All prints can be shipped, rolled in a protective hard tube, to any country worldwide. Prints are also available framed with a choice of a black or white frame.
Because of the cost of realising this project, Rebecca needs your help for it to come to life. It is a dream for this book to become a reality and Rebecca greatly appreciates every bit of your help in making it happen.
Every pound pledged will help to reach the goal and sharing this project with as many people as possible will make a huge difference. Kickstarter will allow Rebecca to interact with all people that support this book and communicate with those who pledge their help.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
£20,000 To print 2000 copies of the book
£2000 in Kickstarter fees
£2000 Postage costs of rewards
£1000 Cost of printing fine art prints
May-June 2017: Kickstarter Campaign
June - September 2017: Printing Book
September 2017: Shipment of Books to the UK
October 2017: Preparing and Packaging for Shipment
November - December 2017: Estimated Delivery
Books and prints will be shipped during November 2017 to reach supporters in December in time for Christmas. Worldwide shipping is available and will be added to your pledge, depending on destination. Total price will be shown when you choose which reward you want.
If the delivery destination of your order is outside of Europe, your order may be subject to import duties and taxes applied by local authorities. Rebecca has no control over these charges and you will be responsible for their payment.
With thanks to the many people that have joined Rebecca during these 5 years of travelling around the world on countless trips to create these images.
To these companies, who have supported Rebecca during this time, their help has helped the book to be produced.
With thanks to James Charlick for designing the beautiful cover of the book
Thank you to Chris Lavelle who animated my Orphans of Time images using camera mapping to create this beautiful visual narrative.
Risks and challenges
Rebecca Bathory has been a professional photographer for 10 years, she has been delivering artworks and books to clients for 5 years.
The Orphans of Time series has been photographed over 5 years, the book has been in the making for a year, and the design work is now complete. Discussions with the printers have taken place over the last six months, to work together to produce the book and limited edition prints. Essentially I just need the money to go to print and this is where you can all help.
As long as the target is reached Rebecca is confident that production of the prints and book will run smoothly and backers will receive their rewards by December 2017.
If there is any chance of a delay, all backers will be informed of this and on information will be posted to social media.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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